Jomsom Muktinath trekking is the most popular trekking trail in Annapurna region. The trek is also a part of Annapurna Circuit Trek. This is a beautiful trek exploring the hundreds of years old monastery, caves, local tribes and magnificent landscapes along the trek. The trail covers diverse terrain from the high altitude arid zone north of Jomsom through to the sub-tropical heat and terraced rice paddies at the end of the trek.
The Jomsom Muktinath Trekking starts with a flight from Pokhara to Jomsom.Located at a height of 2,800 meters, Jomsom is the district headquarters of Mustang district. The trek starts with a walk along the river bank with spectacular Nilgiri and Tukuche peak on the horizon. The trail takes the trekkers to Muktinath via Kagbeni, a Tibetan village.Muktinath temple is one of the most important highlights of the trek. Muktinath temple carries a great significance for both Hindus and the Buddhist. The name Muktinath literally means- the land of Salvation and is visited by thousands of Hindu and Buddhist Pilgrims every year.
The trail then passes through Marpha -the village of orchards and Tatopani Natural hot spring to reach the beautiful Magar village of Ghorepani where the most spectacular mountain views can be observed. Further from Ghorepani the trail continues to Nayapul where the trek concludes. The scenery of the trail ranges from the forests of brilliant red rhododendrons in Ghorepani to rocky cliffs and desert of Mustang.
The Jomsom Muktinath Trekking rightfully displays the country’s spectacular geographical diversity as the trail traverses the deep valleys, high mountains and wide variety of terrains; from subtropical jungle to a high but deserted landscape resembling the Tibetan Plateau. The diverse terrain is also the home for diverse culture and people. The diverse landscapes and cultures found along this trekking route give the perfect insight into the rural life of Nepalese people.
The mountain views during the trek is spectacular as Dhaulagiri, Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Annapurna south, Mt. Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Mt. Annapurna IV, Mt. Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhare, Tukuche Peak, Lamjung Himal, etc. are visible. The trail actually crosses to the other side of the main Himalayan range which offers a different view of the northern flanks.
The Jomsom Muktinath trekking is an ideal for the one who want to explore the diversity of Annapurna region without doing the full Annapurna Circuit trek. The Trek can be done year around as the most of the trekking region for the trek falls in the rain-shadow area.
Jomsom Muktinath Trekking Highlights
Mt.Dhaulagiri 8167m, Mt. Annapurna I 8091m, Mt.Nilgiri 7040m, Mt. Annapurna south 7219m, Mt. Annapurna II 7937m, Annapurna III 7555m, Mt. Annapurna IV 7525m, Mt. Hiunchuli 6441m, Mt. Fishtail/ Machhapuchhare 6998m, Tukuche peak, Lamjung Himal 6586m and many more, gateway to the Upper Mustang, the Tibetan border, Poon Hill (3210m), Muktinath temple “Place of Salvation”.
Namaste and Welcome to the beautiful Himalayan country Nepal. Upon our arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, we will be received by a representative from Nepal Eco Adventure. We will be helped with our transfer to the hotel. After the check in at the hotel, You are free to explore our vibrant surround or rest in the comfort of the hotel. In the evening you can enjoy savory, authentic Nepali dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Kathmandu is known for its rich art, culture and architecture. The city holds many sites with cultural and historical importance and are listed under UNESCO World heritage sites. Today we will be visiting some of the important cultural heritages of Kathmandu. A visit to the Kathmandu Durbar square with ancient temples, palaces and stone alleys that will make you feel like you have traveled back centuries in time. The visit to Pashupatinath temple, Boudhanath temples and Swayambhunath temple is both culturally and spiritually insightful. After the exciting guided tour around the city, we will come back to our hotels to prepare for our road trip to Pokhara tomorrow. Overnight in Kathmandu.
We will start the day early for a seven hour long road trip to Pokhara. We get to enjoy the beautiful countryside of Nepal with its green hills, winding rivers, terraced farms and the mighty Himalayas in the background en route to Pokhara. Pokhara is a beautiful city with lakes and surrounded by the magnificent Himalayan views. After checking in the hotel in Pokhara, we can explore this vibrant city. Overnight in Pokhara.
We take an early 30 minute flight from Pokhara to Jomsom. Jomsom is a large, bustling settlement and administrative center of the region.We start our trek to Kagbeni by crossing the Kali Gandaki and walk to Eklai Bhatti.We continue towards the Kagbeni village which is lying on the bank of two rivers; Kali Gandaki (flows from Muktinath) and Nilgiri river.The hike today is windy, but the landscape and magnificent views will make a wonderful walk. Kagbeni is an interesting windswept village situated on the main age old Trans Himalayan salt trade route to Tibet via Upper Mustang area.Overnight in Kagbeni.
After breakfast in Kagbeni, we start our trekking to Muktinath. The trail today rises up and out of the valley to a high desert bench overlooking the river below. Muktinath is a sacred temple for both the Hindu and Buddhist.The temple demonstrates the religions harmony between Hindu and Buddhist in Nepal. The temple has 108 waterspouts around that pour holy water which is believed to wash away the troubles. The visit to Muktinath temples is believed to relieve every sorrow.The most interesting importance of the area however is the spot with burning natural gas.
Today we trek back from Multinathgradually through fields and poplar groves into the Kali Gandaki river valley. We continue our walk to reach the beautiful village of Marpha.Marpha is home to many apple orchards. The Apple brandy from Marpha is very popular in the region. Overnight in Marpha.
We start our trek from Marpha to Kalopani as we skirt the edge of a pine forest. Sometimes the path would be down in the riverbed, then we’d go up the hillside a little into the forest, then back down by the river.We will stop at the beautiful Thakali Village, Tukuche, for lunch. Then we continue our trek to reach Kalopani. The village has wonderful views of the mountains. Overnight in Kalopani.
We start our trek from Kalopani to Tatopani. The walk today is pretty much all downhill as we left the wide open riverbed that we had walked down from Kagbeni into the tighter region of the gorge. We leave behind the semi-arid landscape of the upper valley and enter the much greener forest region. After a long walk we will reach the village of Tatopani known for its hot springs. Ovrbight in Tatopani.
Today we will trek from Tatopani to beautiful Gurung village of Ghorepani. The trail from here would go up pretty much consistently for the entire way to Ghorepani. But the wonderful views are plenty on the way to boost our morale while we continue our ascent. Seeing the Kali Gandaki behind us as we climbed up this ridge and all the fields and villages that graced the mountainside in front of us is pleasing. After a long walk we reach Ghorepani village filled with Teahouse. Overnight in Ghorepani.
We wake up early to take a hike to Poonhill where we can view the most spectacular sunrise view over the Himalayas.The view from Poonhill is one of the most appreciated sunrise view over the Himalayas. After relishing the spectacular views, we come back to Ghorepani to start our trek to Hile. The trail initially took a gradual descent through forests of rhododendron and down into some very thickly forested terrain. We continue our walk to Nayapul. After a hearty breakfast in Hile, we will start to trek to Nayapul. The trekking in the Annapurna region ends at Nayapul and we take a transport back to the city of Pokhara. The beautiful Pokhara city offers a wide range of activities. We can visit caves, lakes and try out some adventures like Paragliding and bungee jumping in Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.
After a hearty breakfast, we bid farewell to the beautiful lake city of Pokhara and take seven hour drive to Kathmandu. After checking in Kathmandu, we can either rest in the comfort of our hotel or roam around for souvenir shopping in Thamel. Overnight in Kathmandu
Our adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! We will be escorted to the Airport for our flight to our next destination. We will recollect the wonderful memories our Himalayan adventure as we fly back to our destinations. Nepal Eco Adventure will be happy to serve you for your next adventure in Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan.
What is Included
- Airport pickup and drop by private vehicle.
- Three nights twin sharing standard Hotel in Kathmandu with Breakfast.
- Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
- Fresh fruit every night after the dinner.
- Trekking lodge( Tea houses) accommodations during the trek.
- Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) entry permit & Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) permits.
- Tourist bus Kathmandu-Pokhara -Kathmandu.
- Flight Pokhara-Jomsom.
- A highly experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly , well English speaking well trained, Government License holder guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance.
- A Strong, helpful porter with proper equipment (one porter for two people).
- Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
- Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel Insurance Company.
- Use of Sleeping bags, Down Jacket,Duffel bag and Walking Poles (if you do not have your own, to be return after the trip completed).
- Nepal Eco Adventure T-shirt and cap.
- Guided kathmandu sightseeing tour with private vehicle.
- Government taxes and official expenses.
- Two night standard hotel in Pokhara with breakfast.
- Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily (Very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms) Which will ensure you trek is in the safest hands possible for all levels of trekker.
- Assistant guide group size above 6+ person.
What is Excluded
- Meals whilst you are in Kathmandu and pokhara Lunch and Dinner.
- Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at International Airport – Kathmandu). You need 2 passport size photos and $40 dollar.
- Your Travel and Medical Insurance.
- International airfare.
- Your personal expenses.
- All the alcoholic and non alcoholic hot and cold drinks.
- Tips for the guide, porter and driver (Tipping is expected).
- All sightseeing tour entrance fee.